Medical Acupuncture

 

What is Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)?

Medical Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine filament needles to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle "trigger points", fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The result of medical acupuncture is pain relief and restoration of homeostasis and healthy physiology.

What is a "trigger point"?

A trigger point" is a hyperirritable point in a muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot". This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.

Does it hurt?

A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the "twitch" response).

What is the difference between Medical Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture?

The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by physical therapists is not based on ancient theories or tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”). The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on Western Neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

Both do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament.

Who can benefit from Dry Needling?

Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems

Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?

Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or slight skin bruising.

 

 

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